The Fight for a Fair Economy is a movement of SEIU 721 members taking action to spread the word about who is responsible for breaking our economy and how we can fix it. Sign up here to join the fight and help rebuild America's middle class.


Tour Shines a Light on Bank Blight

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SEIU 721 members and community activists took LA city officials and candidates on a bus tour of blighted bank-owned homes in South LA.

Inglewood City Council Supports Raising the Federal Minimum Wage

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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the five-member Inglewood City Council unanimously passed a resolution to support a federal minimum wage increase from the current $7.25 to $9.80 per hour.

Take Action in Inglewood to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

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The minimum wage can't support our families. The current federal minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, amounts to only $15,080 a year. That's more than $7,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four. Women and people of color are affected the most.

Isn't it time to raise the minimum wage?

Come out to the Inglewood City Council meeting this Tuesday, where Council Member Ralph L. Franklin will introduce a resolution to support a federal minimum wage increase. SEIU 721 members and supporters are encouraged to attend. We need to stand up for fairness and better wages for workers across the country.

Stand Against the Romney Economy

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Can you imagine Mitt Romney as our next president?

Next Thursday, Aug. 30, Romney will officially become the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States. And we'll be watching!

SEIU 721 Members, Community Demand Corporate Tax Transparency

"Hey, Sempra, pay your taxes!" rang out as dozens of union and community members marched into the downtown Los Angeles headquarters of the Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Fight Blight with SEIU 721

Mayor Villaraigosa claims there's not enough revenue coming into the city so he needs to cut essential city services and lay off over 200 workers. But there are THOUSANDS of abandoned bank-owned homes that the city could be fining $1,000 a day - yet the Mayor does nothing.
Why is Villaraigosa ready to cut services and layoff workers instead of making big banks pay?
LA City employees have given enough.  It's time Mayor Villaraigosa stopped attacking workers and started finding ways to raise revenue from the wealthiest 1%.

Join Us to Fight Blight!

Saturday May 12
11AM-2PM (after the Stewards Council)
SEIU Local 721 - 1545 Wilshire Blvd, 90017

721 Members will meet at the Local for training and then go out to LA neighborhoods to identify abandoned bank-owned homes.

Can't come on Saturday? Visit 721.SEIU.org/Fight-Blight to sign up and fight blight !






May 1: Stand With Airport Workers for Good Jobs at LAX



As one of the largest employers in the region, Los Angeles International Airport should be an engine of good jobs for the local economy. Instead, the 1% at LAX are hurting airport workers and driving down standards for all workers in our communities.

Stand with LAX Workers
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - Noon
LAX - Tom Bradley International Terminal
Click here to download a flyer. 

It's time for the 99% to come together for an LAX that works for all of us - not just the richest 1%.

For more information visit www.GoodJobsLA.org/LAX

On Tax Day SEIU 721 Members Tell the 1% to Pay Their Fair Share



SEIU 721 members joined community groups in Downtown Los Angeles on Tax Day to stand up for the 99% and tell the 1% it's time that they pay their fair share.  Members played Dodgeball with "Tax Dodgers" and collected signatures for the Governor's New Revenue Plan, which will increase state revenue by $8 billion a year and guarantee funding for public services.

Making Big Banks Accountable Starts in LA City

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By Myndah Lee Jennings   
Jennings has served as a Los Angeles City Traffic Officer for 12 years. 
 
I will be at City Hall for the Los Angeles City Council meeting on Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. to let city leaders know that the passage of a Responsible Banking Ordinance is a critical step toward letting the City of Los Angeles influence the behavior of commercial banks.  

This proposal requires the banks we do business with to disclose information important to all members and the entire community.
   
One area in which change is especially important is bank handling of mortgages for many SEIU families facing foreclosure. SEIU has reviewed data that provided a snapshot of the foreclosure problem in Los Angeles. Although, this data is incomplete and probably understates the problem, we confirmed that as at least 11,242 properties in our city faced foreclosure as of January 2012. These foreclosures are spread across all council districts.  

The reliable data can't always tell which bank holds the mortgage. But for those which can be identified SEIU has confirmed that:

  • Bank of America is the mortgage holder for 1,808 foreclosure properties.
  • Bank of New York Mellon is the mortgage holder for 816 properties. 
  • JP Morgan Chase is the mortgage holder for 634 properties. 
  • Wells Fargo is the mortgage holder for 589 properties. 
  • US Bank is the mortgage holder for 526 properties. 
  • Deutsche Bank is the mortgage holder for 514 properties. 
  • Citibank is the mortgage holder for 144 properties. 
The proposal from the CAO's office requires the amendment to be fully effective, because it would fully cover only the one bank, Wells Fargo, which holds almost all city deposits. As the data shows, they are one among many banks that we need to watch.  

SEIU members will ask that the Committee amend the ordinance to also require full disclosure from commercial banks which compete for bond business and any other city business, not just depository banks.  

Stand with me at the City Council meeting at Los Angeles City Hall at 10 a.m. on Feb. 29. 

There's Power in Our Stories

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When one of America's biggest banks tried to foreclose, SEIU member Rose Gudiel fought back, told her story and saved her home. 

SEIU member Rose Gudiel always worked hard and paid her bills. But after Wall Street greed crashed the economy, one of America's largest banks refused to modify her loan and tried to take the family home. Then Rose fought back and told her story.

Thousands of union members and community activists from ACCE rallied behind her, brought the bankers to the table and saved the family home. Now it's time to tell your story. 

TELL US HOW WALL STREET GREED IS HURTING YOU. 
  • Have you been driven from your home?
  • Are you underwater or facing possible foreclosure?
  • Are any of your family members unemployed, lost a job and unable to find employment?
  • Are family members struggling to keep up with skyrocketing tuition costs? 
Four ways to submit your story and get involved: 
  • Tell us your story by clicking here. 
  • Return a postmarked mailer sent to SEIU 721 members' homes. 
  • Call the Member Resource Center: 877-721-4YOU
  • Attend the Protect Our Homes meeting at SEIU Local 721, 1545 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  

721 Members Tell FedEx to Deliver Its Fair Share

Crowd200.jpgSEIU 721 members joined a coalition of union members and community activists at a lunchtown rally in Hollywood to bring attention to rich corporations that aren't paying their share of taxes.The target of the event was FedEx, which made over $4 billion in profit last year but paid just 1% of that income in taxes.

FedEx Doesn't Deliver...On Taxes

In 2010, 249 of the country's largest and most profitable corporations paid less than the U.S. corporate tax rate and instead received federal tax subsidies totaling more than $87.27 billion.
FedEx is one of the worst corporate tax dodgers.  From 2008 to 2010, FedEx made $4.2 billion in profits but they paid less than 1% in federal taxes.  

It's time for corporate tax dodgers like FedEx to pay up!

Wednesday, Jan. 25 - 12 Noon 
Meet at Sunset Blvd. & Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood 

To download a flyer of the event, click here. 

SEIU 721 Members Made a Difference in 2011

In 2011, SEIU Local 721 members proved that we are fired up to Fight for a Fair Economy and together we made a huge difference. Members worked hard with our labor and community allies to win many victories.




Click here for a downloadable version of what we did in 2011


Fighting Unjust Foreclosures

SEIU 721 members joined with community members, homeowners, renters and their supporters across the country to stand up to banks and say, "We're not leaving."


December Events! Support Responsible Banking and the National Day of Action to Stop Foreclosures

There are major events you can participate in during December. Join us to make big banks pay their fair share and take a stand against unjust foreclosures.   
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Dec. 5 - Support Responsible Banking Rally and Press Conference
On Monday, Dec. 5, members will rally to support a responsible Banking Ordinance for the City of Los Angeles. The City Council Committee is expected to vote on the Ordinance on Monday. 

Date: Monday, Dec. 5
Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Place: LA City Hall at 1 p.m. and Committee Hearing at 2 p.m., 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 

Dec. 6 - "Occupy Our Homes" - National Day of Action to Stop Foreclosures
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, members will join ReFund California to reoccupy homes to protect homeowners being forced out by unfair banking practices. ReFund California is sponsoring an action at L.A. City Hall, followed by solidarity vigils with families in South Gate and Riverside.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Time: 11 a.m. - Press Conference
Place: L.A. City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information on these events, please contact Bart Diener at (213) 494-8697 or Bart.Diener@seiu721.org.  

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